George Dickel Rye Whisky is the newest player to enter the rapidly-growing rye whiskey category. The brand created this product to address the increased demand for rye in the marketplace–which is thanks in large part to the classic cocktail renaissance–but the actual liquid is sourced from MGP Ingredients in Indiana. It joins a Dickel lineup that already includes a handful of Tennessee whiskeys (No. 8, No. 12 and Barrel Select).
George Dickel Rye Whisky (they drop the ‘e’) is comprised of 95% rye grains, 5% malted barley and not an ounce of corn. It’s been aged in new charred oak barrels for a minimum of five years and clocks in at 90 proof, or 45% alcohol by volume. It’s chilled and then charcoal filtered before bottling. Now, let’s take it for a spin.
On the nose, George Dickel Rye is full of toasted oak, spicy rye grains, citrus fruits and some mildly sweet caramel. Take a sip, and it’s smooth and soft on the palate. It’s initially sweet, with hints of fruit, and becomes spicier and very dry toward the finish. Overall it’s got a pretty luxurious mouthfeel considering its relatively young age, and it’s not nearly so rough around the edges as many rye whiskeys.
George Dickel seems to have created an easy-going rye that’s got enough flavor and balance to sip, but enough backbone and structure to stand up in your classic rye cocktails like Manhattans or an Old Pal.
George Dickel Rye will begin shipping nationwide toward the end of November. A 750 ml bottle is expected to retail for about $25.
– 45% Alcohol by Volume
CE Rating: ★★★